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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
Gary Ackerman 78%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Todd Akin 22%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
Rodney Alexander 54%
Wayne Allard 28%
George Allen 14%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 74%
Joe Baca, Sr. 68%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 6%
Brian Baird 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 84%
Cass Ballenger 17%
J. Gresham Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 33%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 70%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Beauprez 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
Chris Bell 68%
Bob Bennett 19%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 63%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
Judy Biggert 43%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 70%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 52%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 25%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 43%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 19%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 70%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 59%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 39%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
John Breaux 55%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 28%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 14%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 19%
Conrad Burns 14%
Max Burns 14%
Dan Burton 34%
Steve Buyer 29%
Robert Byrd 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 22%
Ben Campbell 47%
Chris Cannon 8%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 10%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
Dennis Cardoza 61%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 59%
Brad Carson 57%
Julia Carson 82%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10%
Edward Case 69%
Mike Castle 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 32%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 53%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 26%
Chris Chocola 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 13%
Norm Coleman 24%
Michael Collins 14%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
Kent Conrad 61%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 62%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 14%
Jon Corzine 84%
Jerry Costello 60%
Christopher Cox 12%
Larry Craig 24%
Robert Cramer 53%
Philip Crane 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 68%
Barbara Cubin 14%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Thomas Daschle 80%
Artur Davis 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
James Davis 67%
Jo Ann Davis 35%
Lincoln Davis 54%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
Thomas Davis III 43%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
Bill Delahunt 94%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
Thomas DeLay 6%
Peter Deutsch 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 27%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 12%
Norm Dicks 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 74%
Chris Dodd 76%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
Elizabeth Dole 28%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 59%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 68%
David Dreier 34%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 43%
Jennifer Dunn 28%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
John Edwards 95%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 45%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 32%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 29%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 81%
Terry Everett 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Tom Feeney 25%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 68%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 96%
Peter Fitzgerald 35%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 45%
Mark Foley 39%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 22%
Harold Ford, Jr. 66%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36%
Barney Frank 95%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 12%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
William Frist 14%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elton Gallegly 23%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 23%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 42%
Jim Gibbons 19%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 22%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 7%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 26%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 24%
Bart Gordon 61%
Porter Goss 16%
Daniel Graham 78%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 34%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 29%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 31%
Mark Green 34%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 67%
James Greenwood 44%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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